SPARTIC showed enough here last time to suggest that he can get off the mark today, with Cathcart Castle and Dark Dune others with claims. Our selection improved significantly on his Nottingham debut to show a good attitide when just held here last time out, also on fast ground. This trip is ideal for now and a repeat effort or improvement would make him tough to beat. Cathcart Castle did not really come on quite as hoped for his first outing, but nonetheless his Folkestone run was reasonable and if he can now get into a higher gear he could go close. Dark Dune has had three runs and has not pulled up any trees just yet. It seemed likely that Tim Easterby might send him handicapping but he keeps him to this grade and support would be interesting. Newport Arch is a well-related newcomer who should be monitored in the betting but Spartic holds the aces and is taken to score.
Cathcart Castle 3-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, switched right over 1f out, headway when not clear soon after, got room inside final furlong, ridden and no impression, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Spanish Pride (8-12) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Dark Dune (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Beyeh (8-6) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun.
Domino Effect (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, 5th of 6, 15l behind Falkland Flyer (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Kalkan Bay 100-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind, hung left and reminders 4f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 28l behind Belgian Bill (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Land Bank 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 16l behind Tinkertown (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Logans Rose Tobougg gelding out of Red Leggings.
Newport Arch Pastoral Pursuits colt out of Mashmoum.
No Explanation 150-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 21l behind Hayley Cropper (8-13) at Thirsk 6f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Romano (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Soon pushed along in rear, 7th of 8, 22l behind Colorado Gold (8-13) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Spartic 20-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, soon led, headed over 4f out, soon slightly short of room, switched left over 1f out, ran on to press winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Beyeh (8-6) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun.
Dubai Glory 50-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, no progress over 2f out, 8th of 12, 8l behind Sceal Nua (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Jun.
Gothic Chick Araafa filly out of Entail.
Lady Amakhala 50-1 (8-12) Behind until driven and stayed on on outside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 12, 11l behind Waltz Darling (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Milly Filly Tobougg filly out of Millymix.
Pockett Rockett Proclamation filly out of Paperweight.